Leo club of University of Moratuwa organized a lecture on the topic of “SINA PIPENA ME WASANTHAYA”. Our guest lecturer was prof. Kusuma Karunaratne who was the first female professor of Sinhala Language. She has authored so many research publications and translated books and classical works form Sinhala to English and vice versa. More than that, she has conducted a series of programs over the radio and television on language, culture, society, ethics and gender issues. That was the main reason to select Prof. Kusuma Karunaratne as our guest lecturer.
As an undergraduate I have met with varied fellow undergraduates throughout my university life who has messed up as a student because of various problems such as broken love affairs, drug addiction, stress, family and social problems and etc... I really wanted to do something against this and prevent them from ruining the valuable gift they got; the university education. As a Leo I thought to arrange a lecture regarding above situation. When I was thinking of a proper resource person for the lecture, Prof. Kusuma Karunaratne’s name came to my mind at once because of her popularity in conducting such lectures. I forwarded my idea to my club members to get their opinions and all of them agreed to organize a guest lecture at university premises.
The lecture was continued throughout more than one and half hours with the participation of about two hundred Leos, Leo prospects, university lecturers and students. Her experiences and advices as a lecturer in university, as a beloved wife of a great person and as a good mother of two engineers was a great help for the audience to make their paths in the right way. As the chairman of the project I’m very happy to say that the event was a very successful one. The lecture was done mainly targeting the fresher’s batch and there was a good participation of them to the lecture. No one was shouting and sleeping throughout the lecture. Most of the audience encouraged me to do such projects again and again in the university.
We were able to achieve all of our goals in this event. We were able to make a huge sound about our club inside the university again as usual. All the participants obtained some invaluable thoughts which are essential for their future lives. Finally the project came to its end as another great social service which was conducted by the Leo Club of University of Moratuwa.